June 26, 2022

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Report from Kyiv: LGBTQ Activist Says Ukrainians Are United in Resisting Russian Invasion

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Ukraine is demanding an immediate ceasefire and for all Russian troops to leave the country as they report more than 350 Ukrainian civilians have so far been killed in President Putin’s invasion, which entered its fifth day Monday. The United Nations is also reporting more than 500,000 people have fled Ukraine and another 100,000 are internally displaced. This all comes as the Russian military has so far failed in its attempts to seize Kyiv and other large Ukrainian cites despite the capital remaining surrounded by Russian troops. We go to Kyiv to speak with Olena Shevchenko, a Ukrainian human rights and LGBTQ activist, who describes growing opposition to Russian forces and solidarity within her country. "Nobody in Ukraine is ready to live under occupation of Russia," says Shevchenko, who also says that LGBTQ-identifying people would be "the first targets for the Russian regime."

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